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September Festivals

A blessed September awaits, with Catholic feast days and pilgrimage celebrations lined up.

Filipinos are devout Catholics by nature. At every corner, you can find a Church or a chapel full of people there to hear mass, or perhaps to seek refuge and penance. Be it a Sunday, a feast day, or a typical weekday, a portion of our time is usually allotted for prayer, repentance, or, as is the case this month, for celebration and commemoration.
This September, there are several festivities lined up for the whole nation to take part in. It’s a busy month for dioceses whose patron saints’ birthdays take place this time of the year. Aside from religious celebrations, we also pay tribute to our grandparents on this month--so make sure you treat lolo and lola to hearty meals or cozy accommodations.

Tuna Festival
First week of September | General Santos, South Cotabato

Starting from late August up until early September, fishermen, locals, and tourists in General Santos prepare a weeklong celebration known as the Tuna Festival. Dressed in their colorful and well-adorned costumes, locals parade around the city to give thanks for a good catch. Aside from street dancing and the parade, a series of activities are spread out for one whole week. Activities include the Fish Dance competition, beauty contest, Tuna Congress, and the Karagatan Awards.

Feast of Virgin Mary
September 8, 2012

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Every September 8th, we commemorate the birthday or our most holy mother, Mama Mary. Catholics all over the world pay tribute to the Virgin Mother of Jesus Christ by celebrating anticipated mass and taking part in vigils dedicated to her. All over the country, every Church and diocese prepares a series of praise and worship services and offers bouquets of flowers at her altar.

Grandparents’ Day
September 9, 2012

Every second Sunday of September, we pay tribute to the sweetest members of our family--our lolos and lolas, who always make sure we’re well fed, and who are always on our side (even when our own parents aren’t), are honored on this special day. Since Filipinos are naturally family oriented by nature, a festive celebration is commonplace in every home, or at a mall, restaurant, or hotel.

Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross
September 14, 2012 | Tarlac City, Tarlac

Devout Catholics who want to witness the public exposition and veneration of the cross of Jesus Christ visit the Servants of the Risen Christ Monastery in Tarlac. A number of people make a pilgrimage to this cathedral to take part in this once-a-year festivity. A series of vigils and prayer worship services are held in different churches in Tarlac as well.

Feast of Our Lady of Penafrancia
September 15 2012  | Naga City, Camarines Sur

Every third Saturday, Bicol holds the biggest celebration in their locality, which is the Feast of the Lady of Penafrancia. Aside from a grand mass and street dancing held in the city proper, the main highlight of the event is a fluvial parade with a lavishly designed carriage on the river which is guarded by floating candles.

Lemlunay Festival
September 16, 2012 – September 18, 2012 | Lake Sebu, South Cotabato

Listen to native music and watch tribal rituals at the Lemlunay Festival or the T’boli Tribal Festival which is celebrated every third week of September in Lake Sebu. This thanksgiving festival is held so that natives can renew their vows and work harder in the coming harvests. The six major tribes of South Cotabato that merge as one in celebration of this event are T'boli, Ubo, Manobo, Kalagan, Maguindanao, and Tasaday.

Feast Day of Padre Pio of Pietrlcina
September 23, 2012

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Padre Pio is known to be the patron saint of miracles. On his feast day, legions of his followers from all over the country, celebrate his life to give thanks for the miracles he has performed for them. An anticipated mass is celebrated in most churches in the country, with the grandest celebration held in Quezon City, in the church named after him.

Siargao 18th International Surfing Cup
September 23, 2012 – September 27, 2012 | Siargao, Surigao del Norte

Beach bums and surf aficionados visit Siargao in Surigao to participate in the annual Siargao Surfing Cup. Participants from different age brackets compete in a series of games to determine which one will be crowned as champion in every division. Local bands will keep the crowd on their feet at night while they're not busy treading waves at sea.

Feast Day of St. Michael the Archangel
September 29, 2012 | Iligan City

Held every 29th of September, the feast day of St. Michael the Archangel is the biggest event in Iligan City. Locally known as San Miguel, he is recognized as a healer of diseases and the town’s protector. Devotees from all over the country troop to the Church of San Miguel which is considered the most visited church in all of Iligan. The spiritual dances of Diyandi, Eskrima, and Yawa-Yawa are performed at this time in honor of St. Michael.